Luan 30/03/09 Monday
Cruinniú Chinn Bhliana
End of Year General Meeting – AGMThat time of the year again and in case you haven’t seen the posters our end of year general meeting is on Monday. This will see the election of a new Coiste to guide the Cumann Staire on its path to even greater glory in 2009/10. We will also vote on the adoption of a new Bunreacht (constitution) of the CS.
Mar sin, má tá suim agat a bheith ar an gCoiste, nó fiú ag iarraidh an Bunreacht nua a fheiceáil tar chuig AC216 Dé Luain.
Déardaoin 26/03/09 Thursday
Prof. Peter Marshall (Warwick)
Mary I – a Reign in CrisisMary I’s reign has been viewed by historians both as the high-point of a broad ‘Mid-Tudor Crisis’, and as illustrating the fundamental stability of political and governmental structures. Her policies have been regarded alternatively as ‘doomed to failure’ by the circumstances she inherited, or as thwarted only by the accident of her premature death. The undoubted fact of Mary’s ultimate failure clouds objective assessments of what was actually planned or achieved in 1553-58. This talk will argue that we need to move beyond the unhelpful and polarised crisis/stability debate to recapture a sense of the complexities and possibilities of the period. Instead of an overarching ‘crisis’ model, the focus will be on a series of individual ‘critical moments’ from the reign – potential or actual turning points, all with hypothetical alternative outcomes.
Professor Marshall was born in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, and earned both his BA and PhD at the University of Oxford. He became a Professor at the University of Warwick (England) in 2006 and is currently their Director of Graduate Studies in History. He is also an Associate Editor for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and a Series Editor for the monograph series Religious Cultures in the Early Modern World. His publications include: Mother Leakey and the Bishop: A Ghost Story (2007);Religious Identities in Henry VIII’s England (2006); Reformation England 1480-1642 (2003); Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England (2002); The Catholic Priesthood and the English Reformation (1994).
Déardaoin 12/03/09 Thursday
Centre for Irish Studies
Dr. David Nally (Cambridge)
A Colonial Famine Policy? The Irish Experience, 1845-52Dr. Nally is a University Lecturer and Fellow of the Fitzwilliam College of the University of Cambridge, England. His research focuses on the study of colonialism, especially the tactics-political, economic and legal-for managing other peoples, places and resources. Although most of this work has been conducted in the context of colonial Irish society (with emphasis on the nineteenth century, the historical geographies of uneven development, and the Gorta M&oaute;r – Great Famine), he is particularly interested in exploring how colonial experiences might help us better understand contemporary issues of food insecurity, and, conversely, how more recent theoretical innovations and case studies might throw new light on historical phenomena. This talk is based on a section of the work he has carried out for his forthcoming book on this topic.
Máirt 03/03/09 Tuesday
Institiúid de Móra
Dr. Rónán MacDonald (Reading)
Darwinism, Degeneration and the Irish Literary RevivalDr. Mac Donald is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Reading, England. He is also a Director of the Beckett International Foundation, the world’s largest collection of resources relating to Samuel Beckett. His primary research interests are in modern literature and criticism, especially the work of Samuel Beckett and twentieth-century Irish literature. His recent publications include: The Death of the Critic (2007); The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett (2006); guest editor of The Yearbook of English Studies (Vol 35, 2005) on ‘Irish Writing Since 1950’; Tragedy and Irish Literature: Synge, O’Casey, Beckett (2002).
Máirt 17/02/09 Tuesday
léachtlann Ó hEocha
Dr. Amanda Kelly (TCD)
Offensive Weaponry in Hellenistic CreteDr. Kelly returns to Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh to give a very interesting talk on the evolution in form and employment of weaponry in the Hellenistic period of Cretan history. The re-growth of Crete in the Classical period followed the destruction caused by the Minoan eruption and the subsequent Mycenaean and Dorian invasions. By the Hellenistic period the island had several militarily agressive city-states which were often involved in piracy and other naval actions against each other and the powers of mainland Greece. These centuries of military adventure involved not only Cretans and mainland Greeks but also Rhodes and Egypt. This situation of independent rival powers on the island was finally ended in 69 BC by three years of Roman military campaigning, decades after their conquest of mainland Greece.
Déardaoin 12/02/09 Thursday
an tOllamh Cormac Ó Gráda (UCD)
‘an bhFli&uaucte; Mór in Éirinn’ – 1919 – ‘The Spanish Flu’Scann´n agus caint ar ‘an bhFli&uaucte; Mór in Éirinn,’ 1919. Screening of BBC Northern Ireland documentary on ‘The Spanish Flu’ of 1919. Followed by talk by economic historian, Prof. Cormac Ó Gr´da (UCD). Q&A in Irish & English to follow. Tr´th na gCeist dátheangach i ndiadh an léachta leis an tOllamh Cormac Ó Gráda.
An tOllamh Ó Gráda has published many books, including: Famine: A Short History (2009); Ireland’s Great Famine: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2006); Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce: A Social Science History (2006) ; Refiguring Ireland: Essays on Social and Economic History in Honour of Louis M. Cullen(2003); Famine Demography: Evidence from the Past and the Present (2002); Black ’47 and Beyond: the Great Irish Famine in History, Economy and Memory (1999).
Máirt 10/02/09 Tuesday
Careers services room
Dr. Andrew Halpin (Ard-Mhúsaem na hÉireann)
Weapons and Warfare in Medieval Ireland – the Dublin evidenceDr. Halpin, Assistant Keeper of Antiquities at Ard-Mhúsaem na hÉireann / National Museum of Ireland gives a talk on Weapons and Warfare in Mediaeval Ireland based on the results of archaeological digs in our capital city. Andrew has extensive knowledge of archaeological excavation and research especially from his time as an archaeologist with the then city local authority Bardas Bhaile Átha Cliath from 1991 to 1994. In 2000 he published The Port of Medieval Dublin Archaeological excavation at the Civic Offices, Winetavern Street Dublin 1993. Last year he published Weapons and Warfare in Viking and Medieval Dublin as volume nine of Series B of the detailed Medieval Dublin Excavations 1962-81 reports.
Céadaoin 04/02/09 Wednesday
Dr. Clodagh Tait (Essex)
Broken heads and battered hats: Rioting in Limerick in 1599Dr. Tait is a lecturer on Cultural and Social History at the University of Essex, England. She studied history and folklore in UCC and completed a PhD there before taking up a Government of Ireland Research Fellowship in Ollscoil na hÉireann Má Nuad. In 2002-3 she taught in UCD. Her book on death in early modern Ireland, Death, Burial and Commemoration in Ireland, 1550-1650, was published by Palgrave in 2002. Age of Atrocity, Violence and political conflict in early modern Ireland was co-edited with David Edwards and Padraig Lenihan, and was published by Four Courts Press in 2007. She has also published articles on martyrdom, commemoration, devotion and childbirth in the same period.
Céadaoin 26/11/08 Wednesday
Cóisir na Nollag
Annual CS PartyAs per usual the Cumann Staire is holding our annual Cóisir na Nollag with our three fellow members of the Fantastic Four – Ceithre Chumann group: Na Claisicí – Seandálaíocht – Tíreolaíocht. Free drink and finger food will be available of course. Beidh chuile rud ag tosnú ar a naoi thíos staighre sa Skeff agus beidh oíche den scoth againn.. ná déan dearmad ar Solpadine a fháil!
Céadaoin 26/11/08 Wednesday
Prof. John France (Abertawe)
Holy War: Christianity, Crusade and Jihad in the Twelfth CenturyDr. John France is a Professor of History at the University of Wales-Swansea where he also serves as Director of the Callaghan Centre for Conflict Studies. The primary focus of his research is medieval warfare and crusading, both areas in which he teaches multiple courses at both the undergraduate and post-graduate level. He has undertaken field work in Italy, France, Syria, Jordan, Israel, and Lebanon. Professor France has dozens of publications on the crusades, including The Crusades and the Expansion of Catholic Christendom, 1000-1714 (Routledge, 2005). He is currently working on a study entitledPerilous Glory: Understanding the History of Western Warfare, the research of which is supported by a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship during the academic year 2008-2009. As a result of his research covering this period, he has compiled an electronic database of lives of saints prior to the year 1000. He is also an editor of the Journal Of Medieval History.
Déardaoin 06/11/08 Thursday
Deochlann na hOllscoile – College Bar
Tráth na gCeist
Semester 1 Table QuizThe mighty Cumann Staire Table Quiz will be back in the back room of the bar (so really faaaar back!) and only costs a recession friendly 5 euro per person.. don’t worry about having enough of a gang to form a table of four as we’ll be mixing and matching ye to form teams! A great way to meet new people, have the craic and curse the questions for being too easy/hard/weird/etc. This years ‘Fresher from Tír Chonaill’, Mícheál Rua, will be in charge so come along and prove his questions are no match for the mighty minds of the Cumann Staire! The prizes will be many and merry – na duaiseanna is fearr sa domhain, riamh! 😉
Luan 03/11/08 Monday
Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh
Living History Week
launch of this new annual inter-society weekGlac páirt – Take part.. have an idea for a history related event; one celebrating a past event or the place of history in today’s society? Get in contact with us and lets build this new week into a great first semester NUI society event!
Céadaoin 29/10/08 Wednesday
Fáiltiú for History Postgrads
Ní neart go chur le chéileThis event is co-hosted with the Roinn Na Staire (department of history) and is intended as a official reception for new history research postgrads. Existing postgrads and staff are also to attend so that we can create a better sense of community for all. Hopefully, this meet-and-greet will allow us to get to know who is doing what and will help the settling in of new PhD and MLitt students. Those thinking of pursuing such study in the future are also more than welcome to come along for a chat and a glass of fíon, or two.
Déardaoin 16/10/08 Thursday
léachtlann Ó Tnúthail (AM150)
Prof. Joseph Bergin (Manchain)
17th Century FranceBorn in Cill Chainnigh he took his BA and MA in History at UCD, followed by a PhD at Cambridge University, England. He is currently Professor of Modern History at the University of Manchester and a Fellow of the British Academy (and no he never played football for Gaillimh!). At Manchester, he has been successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and (since 1996) Professor of Modern History. He has lectured widely in France and Germany, and been a Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne, EHESS (Paris), École des Chartes (Paris), Nancy, Montpellier, Lyon. During the academic year 2006-7, he was a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg (Berlin), where he began working on a large-scale general study on church, society and religion in seventeenth-century France. He has published seven books, including Crown, church and episcopate under Louis XIV, The Seventeenth Century and The Rise of Richelieu.
Máirt 14/10/08 Tuesday
léachtlann Ó hEocha (AM250)
Dr. Steven Gunn (Oxford)
War and the English in the reign of Henry VIIIDr. Gunn is a lecturer in modern history at the University of Oxford where his current research concerns the councillors and courtiers of Henry VII, and war and society in early Tudor England and the Netherlands. He has also published in the wider fields of Tudor government, foreign policy and political culture and the comparison of the English state in this period with those in continental Europe. He has written books on Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, c1484-1545 (1988), Early Tudor Government, 1485-1558 (1995), and War, State and Society in England and the Netherlands, 1477-1559 (2007), and editedCardinal Wolsey: Church, State and Art (1991), Authority and Consent in Tudor England (2002) and The Court as a Stage: England and the Low Countries, 1270-1580 (2005).
Céadaoin 24/09/08 Wednesday
Fáiltiú – Reception
The launch of a new year of eventsSocs Day is upon us and we will welcome all members, new and old, into our clann that very same evening with a gloine fíon nó dhó! So come along for an introduction to our events and organising Coiste, and a drink with us. A great way to meet people and find out more about the Cumann Staire.